WWAY’s Wednesday night sports – January 15

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Submitted: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:40am
Updated: Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:10am

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Wednesday High School Scoreboard

Boys Basketball
Parrot Academy 53
Cape Fear Academy 40
Gene Middleton led CFA with 18 points


WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW) -– Zeke Upshaw failed to score in his last game against UNCW as a player at Illinois State. He made sure that wasn’t going to happen again.

Fast forward two years and the streak-shooting guard, now a graduate student at Hofstra, poured in 27 points to ignite the Pride past the Seahawks, 69-64, in a Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball clash Wednesday night at Trask Coliseum.

The Pride won its second straight game and second in a row at Trask Coliseum to improve to 6-11 overall and 2-1 in the CAA. The Seahawks dropped their eighth consecutive game and freefalled to 6-13 and 0-4.

Upshaw, a 6-6 shooting specialist, paced the Pride with his 27 points, going an impressive 7-of-10 from three-point range and only 1-of-7 inside the arc. He tied Hofstra’s single game record for three-pointers and scored the most points by an opponent in Wilmington this season. Junior forward Moussa Kone added 10 points off the bench and sophomore guard Jordan Allen had 10 for the Pride.

Senior guard Chris Dixon led the Seahawks in scoring for the third straight game with 15 points. Junior forward Cedrick Williams chipped in 14 on 5-of-7 shooting and junior guard Addison Spruill collected 12 for Buzz Peterson’s club.

“I told our guys to keep digging and we’ll find a way to get better,” said Peterson, who is 2-5 lifetime against Hofstra. “I thought a key point was when we gave up two quick baskets just before the end of the first half. We made a nice run in the second half and shot better, but we still need to make some stops.”

In Hofstra coach Joe Mihalich’s first appearance at Trask Coliseum, the Pride rode the hot hand of the high-flying Upshaw to a four-point lead at intermission and held off the Seahawks down the stretch to win for the first time on the road this season.

Allen scored on a jumper and layup and reserve forward Stephen Nwaukoni converted a putback to stake Hofstra to its largest lead of the game, 45-35, with just over 16 minutes remaining before the Seahawks came alive.

UNCW used an 11-1 run to climb back into the game and Luke Hager’s triple from the top of the key with 11:45 left to play knotted the score at 46-all.

Hofstra then regained the lead and pushed its margin to 62-58 on an Upshaw free throw before Williams dropped in both ends of a one-and-one to slice the deficit to 62-60 with 2:55 remaining.

But Chris Jenkins sank a pair of free throws and Upshaw added a timely layup with 25 seconds left to seal the game as time ran out on the Seahawks, extending their losing streak to eight games.

Upshaw delivered early for the Pride, scoring nine of Hofstra’s first 11 points, including three consecutive triples to give the visitors an 11-10 edge at 14:57.

The two teams dialed long distance over the first 10 minutes of the contest, combining for 6-of-10 from long distance. Hofstra went 4-of-7 in the span and UNCW made 2-of-3 from deep.

Tanner Milson and Dixon answered with back-to-back three-pointers to help UNCW build a 22-17 advantage with just over 10 minutes left in the first half before the Pride regrouped to knot the score at 22-all on reserve forward Darren Payen’s floater in the lane at 9:14.

Spruill scored on a pair of baskets inside to give the Seahawks the lead again, 28-26, with 4:32 remaining, but the Pride closed out the final three minutes of the first period with a 9-3 spurt to grab a 35-31 lead at intermission behind Upshaw’s 13 points and 4-of-5 shooting behind the arc.

There were five ties and 11 lead changes in a see-saw first half and Upshaw’s three-ball with two seconds on the clock gave the Pride some breathing room going into the locker rooms.

The Seahawks entertain Drexel on Saturday in a 2 p.m. tip-off for their next contest, a 7 p.m. outing at TD Arena. The Pride travels to Dallas for a Sunday matchup at SMU.

GAME NOTES: Hofstra evened the all-time series at 14-all…Hofstra point guard Dion Nesmith fouled out with 4:34 left in the game…Upshaw went 7-of-10 from the deep and the rest of the Hofstra club went 2-of-10…The Pride won the battle of the boards, 34-30…Senior forward Stephen Nwaukoni pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds…UNCW shot 46.3 percent from the floor and Hofstra wound up at 46.0 percent…The Pride had seven steals…Hofstra has won three of the last four meetings…The two teams play again on Feb. 8 in Hempstead, N.Y.


DULUTH, GA (COURTESY MMAJUNKIE.COM) — From the way Yoel Romero and Derek Brunson traded brain-scrambling skull shots early on, you just knew it was going to end badly for someone. You just didn’t know who until the final round, which is when Romero poured it on with brutal hooks and uppercuts before ultimately finishing a very hurt Brunson off with a savage barrage of elbows to the body at 3:23 of the third round.

The middleweight bout was part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 35 event at Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Brunson surprised many onlookers early in the bout when he managed to take the decorated wrestler down at several points, proving that he wasn’t the least bit intimidated by Romero’s credentials on the mat. He also landed a brutal head kick that would have likely knocked out many other middleweights, but Romero hardly seemed to notice.

“I always knew UFC is about a great battle, so I didn’t give up and I knew that God would bless me with a win in the end,” Romero said, via an interpreter, in the post-fight interview.

It wasn’t until the third round that Romero finally took over, battering a retreating Brunson with one haymaker after another. Finally Brunson went down and stayed there, which is when Romero pounced with an unrelenting series of elbows to the body, some of which seemed perilously close to the illegal 12-to-6 variety.

“I’m advancing and learning all the time, mostly learning,” Romero said. “I knew I had to keep moving and that a fight is never over. I could tell he didn’t like getting hit, so I felt eventually if I could land some shots, I would finish the fight.”

Brunson (11-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) suffers his first defeat in the Octagon with the loss. Romero (7-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) remains unbeaten in the UFC, finishing all three of his bouts inside the distance.


WILMINGTON, NC (COURTESY WILMINGTON STARNEWS) — The Ashley High School girls’ basketball team has continued its winning ways this winter, in spite of changing personnel. Now the Screaming Eagles will have to give up four of those victories for using an ineligible player.

The forfeits come after an investigation into an unnamed player’s residency, according to athletic director Roy Turner. The school was also fined $250, per N.C. High School Athletic Association regulations.

Turner said Ashley self-reported the possible violation in December and removed the player from the team. The NCHSAA issued its ruling on Monday, and the school will not appeal.

“We’ll learn and move forward,” Turner said.

Turner declined to name the player but granted “deductive reasoning” could be used to identify her.

Junior guard Jada Bacchus left the team after playing five games, a period in which Ashley went 4-1. Bacchus, an All-Area selection last winter, was not on the bench for a Dec. 10 win over South Brunswick and hasn’t been on the floor for the Screaming Eagles since then. She was averaging 11 points per game.

Bacchus has not played in a Mideastern Conference game, so Ashley remains 5-0 and atop the conference standings. The Screaming Eagles drop to 7-9 overall.

Ashley could have been banned from the postseason if it knowingly used an ineligible player but won’t face that penalty, according to NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield. He said the normal fine of $500 was halved because of the school’s cooperation in reporting the violation.

Ashley’s eligibility troubles might not be finished. The team also pulled junior forward Sophia Neubauer from competition last week.

After Friday’s win over rival Laney, coach Adrienne Gale called Neubauer’s absence an issue of “paperwork.” The transfer from Germany played in the team’s first 13 games.

Turner declined to answer whether the school had reported any other possible violations, and Whitfield said he was unaware of any pending cases in his office regarding the team.

Last week, Gale called this season the most difficult of her coaching career. Ashley has also been without senior Brittany Butts since Dec. 26 because of a broken hand, forcing the team to further shuffle its rotation.

“I am so proud of coaching these girls,” Gale said. “They’re responding to me. They’re fighting for their teammates and each other. They’re family.”


CONWAY, SC (AP) – Josh Cameron made 5 of 6 3-point attempts en route to a career-high 29 points and Coastal Carolina survived a late UNC Asheville surge for an 81-78 victory on Wednesday night.

Trailing 71-59 with 3:36 remaining, Asheville battled back to close the deficit to two, 77-75, on Andrew Rowsey’s turnaround 3-pointer with 19.9 seconds left. Cameron made two free throws to put the Chanticleers up by four. Rowsey missed a layup and, in a scramble for the loose ball, Coastal Carolina’s El Hadji Ndieguene was fouled with 6.8 seconds left. He made both free throws for the final margin.

Elijah Wilson added 19 points, Warren Gillis 14 and Uros Ljeskovic 10 for CCU (9-8. 2-1 Big South).

David Robertson led the Bulldogs (8-9, 2-1) with 18 points. Rowsey added 15, Sam Hughes 13 and Jaron Lane 11. D.J. Cunningham had his sixth career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Codi Miller-McIntyre hit a running shot while being fouled with 4.9 seconds left to help Wake Forest beat North Carolina State 70-69 on Wednesday night.

Miller-McIntyre scored 20 points, the last coming when he raced downcourt on an inbounds play to hit a leaning shot while being bumped by Ralston Turner. Miller-McIntyre missed the free throw, but N.C. State’s Anthony “Cat” Barber wasn’t close on a desperation shot at the buzzer.

It was a big win for the Demon Deacons (12-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost two straight since their upset of North Carolina here Jan. 5.

Devin Thomas added 16 points for Wake Forest, which made 28 of 39 free throws (72 percent) in an uncharacteristically steady performance at the foul line for one of the nation’s worst free-throw shooting teams.

T.J. Warren scored 22 points for the Wolfpack (11-6, 1-3) before fouling out with 2:47 left.

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ASHEVILLE, NC (UNCA) — Former UNC Asheville head men’s basketball coach Eddie Biedenbach will be inducted into another Hall of Fame.

Biedenbach will be inducted into the Western North Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 4 at the Grove Park Inn. The announcement came from Jim Coman of the Mountain Amateur Athletic Club Tuesday night.

“We’re delighted to announce that Coach Biedenbach will be our lone inductee this year into the WNC Athletics Hall of Fame,” stated Coman. “Eddie is very deserving of this honor, and we look forward to inducing him on May 4.”

Biedenbach was the Bulldogs head coach from 1996-2003. He finished his 17-year career at Asheville as the Big South and school’s all-time winningest coach with 256 wins. The Bulldogs captured five Big South Conference regular-season titles, three Big South Tournament championships, advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times and went to post-season play four times during his tenure. The Pittsburgh native was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year three times (1997, 2002, and 2008).

Last week, it was announced the Biedenbach will be inducted into the North Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame on May 9, along with eight other inductees.


CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – A reading specialist at the University of North Carolina has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit by former college athletes that challenges the collegiate athletic association’s ban on compensating athletes.

The brief, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, is dated Jan. 10 and was filed in federal court in Oakland, Calif.

Reading specialist Mary Willingham says in her filing that the NCAA’s ban on paying players “does nothing to safeguard the educational experience of the athletes.”

She adds that compensating the athletes “poses no threat to the educational mission of the schools.”

Willingham – who hasn’t returned calls or emails from the AP – told CNN that her research of 183 football or basketball players at UNC from 2004-12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels.

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